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Rachel Barton Pine and Jory Vinikour Play J.S. Bach’s Complete Violin and Harpsichord Sonatas on New Cedille Records Album

June 1, 2018

J.S. Bach: The Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord with Rachel Barton Pine and Jory Vinikour was released May 11, 2018, on Cedille Records. Most people are aware of the six sonatas and partitas for violin alone, here Vinikour and Pine record Bach’s other “big set of six.” The Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord are a cornerstone of both the violin repertoire and Bach’s keyboard literature.

Writes David Vernier in Classics Today “In these works we encounter some of Bach’s most technically intricate and fascinating creations, and these interpretations, performed with such clarity and care–in true partnership–make a good case for hearing them more prominently and more often.” Early Music America adds “these performances will generously repay repeated, careful listening.”

For the recording, Pine performs on her baroque violin, a 1770 Nicola Gagliano in completely original, unaltered condition, with a replica of an 18th century bow, and Vinikour plays on his own harpsichord, a Tony Chinnery (Vicchio, 2012) after Pascal Taskin, 1769. In doing so, the musicians play the music in the context of the sound world that Bach would have heard during his lifetime.

Lifelong friends, this is Vinikour and Pine’s first recording project together.  Pine will argue that she is actually “one-third” of the duo, as the works feature a trio texture, so that the harpsichordist plays (at least) two fully-written out parts for the left and right hands; usually in baroque chamber music repertoire, the harpsichord part is a bass line for the left hand with chord numbers to be realized by the right hand.

Hear Jory and Rachel talk about the album here

and their musical friendship here

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